Missing metal panels from construction company site result in arrest

More than $2,900 in metal panels were reportedl stolen from a construction company between the end of July and the middle of August and a police investigation into the incident led to the arrest of a man who allegedly sold some of the items.

Lawrence Hoover, 61, was identified after police obtained information from a computer website that records sales to scrap metal dealers in the city, Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable cause affidavit.

The thefts occurred at Reynolds Construction at 5320 S. Industrial Drive. The owner of the business told police that on Aug. 17, he saw a truck he was not familiar with at the business. A man later identified as Hoover told the owner that he had paid an employee $60 for items but the owner did not recognize the name of the alleged employee and Hoover left.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that police obtained video showing Hoover selling items at K & K Salvage.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Hoover had prior convictions for burglary, theft of property and theft by receiving dating back to 2003.

Because of the prior convictions, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 bond for Hoover after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property.